We are so fortunate to have the National Oregon/California Trail Center in our community. It is an awesome place. Be sure to visit sometime. After your visit, you may want to read further about the Oregon and California Trails. These books may be available at your library. If not, ask your librarian about interlibrary loan.
Oregon Trail books for kids
Hays, Wilma Pitchford. For Ma and Pa: on the Oregon Trail, 1844. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan .
Gerrard, Roy. Wagons west! New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1996.
Archer, Marion Fuller. Nine Lives of Moses on the Oregon Trail. Chicago: A. Whitman, .
Levine, Ellen. If you traveled west in a covered wagon. New York: Scholastic, 1992.
Plowhead, Ruth Gipson. Lucretia Ann on the Oregon Trail. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1931.
Gregory, Kristiana. Across the wide and lonesome prairie: The Oregon Trail diary of Hattie Campbell. New York: Scholastic, 1997.
Moss, Marissa. Rachel=s journal: the story of a pioneer girl. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1998.
Karr, Kathleen. Go West, young women! New York: HarperCollins, 1996.
Steedman, Scott. Frontier Fort on the Oregon Trail. New York: P. Bedrick Books, 1993.
Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Facing West: A story of the Oregon Trail. New York: Viking, 1994.
Carr, Mary Jane. Children of the covered wagon: a story of the old Oregon Trail. New York: Crowell, 1943.
Oregon Trail books for adults
Steber, Rick. Traces. Union Or: Bear Wallow Pub Co., 1980
Place, Marian T. Westward on the Oregon Trail. New York: American Heritage Publishing , 1962.
Paden, Irene Dakin. The wake of the prairie schooner. New York: Macmillan, 1943.
Brown, Jennie Broughton. Fort Hall on the Oregon trail: a historical study. Caldwell, ID: Caxton printers, 1932.
Meeker, Ezra. Ox-team days on the Oregon Trail. World Book, 1922.
Carney, Ellen. Historic Soda Springs: Oasis on the Oregon Trail. Wayan, ID: Traildust Publishing, 1998.
Binns, Archie. The land is bright. Corvalis, Or: Oregon State Univ. Press, 1992.
Holmes, Kenneth L. Covered Wagon Women: diaries & letters from the western trails. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, .
Stone, Bev and Gary: Stone by Stone on the Oregon Trail. Stone Studios, 1993.
Shannon, Donald H. The Utter disaster on the Oregon Trail. Snake Country Pub., 1993.
Mennenga, Jay Lessons from the pioneers : reflections along the Oregon Trail. Council Bluffs, Iowa: Potential Press, 1993.
Butrille, Susan G. Women=s voices from the Oregon Trail. Tamarack Books, 1993.
Carney, Ellen. The Oregon Trail. Wayan, ID: Traildust, c1993.
Nicholas, Jonathan. On the Oregon Trail. Portland, OR: Graphic Arts Center Pub., 1992.
Cordano, Vira. Levi Scott, Oregon trailblazer. Portland, OR: Binford and Mort, 1982.
Riefe, Barbara. Desperate Crossing; the Jenny Sanders Pryor Story. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1997.
Steber, Rick. Oregon Trail. Prineville, Or: Bonanza Pub., 1986.
Beeson, Welborn. The Oregon and Applegate trail diary of Welborn Beeson in 1853: the unabridged diary. Medford, OR: Webb Research Group, 1987.
Merrill, Julius. Bound for Idaho: the 1864 trail journal of Julius Merrill. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho Press, 1988.
Haines, Aubrey L. Historic sites along the Oregon Trail. Gerald, MO: Patrice Press, 1981.
Dykes, Fred W. Jeffrey=s Cutoff: Idaho=s forgotten Oregon Trail route. Pocatello, ID: F.W.Dykes, 1989.
Murphy, Dan. Oregon Trail: voyage of discovery. Las Vegas, NV: KC Publications, 1991.
Lander Cut off: Oregon Trail. Caribou National Forest, 1976.
Fanselow, Julie. The Traveler=s guide to the Oregon Trail. Helena MT: Falcon Press, 1994.
Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. Garden City, N.J.: Garden City Books, [19B?]
Parkman, Francis. The California and Oregon Trail : being sketches of prairie and Rocky Mountain life. Â Alexandria, VA : Time-Life Books, 1983.
Meeker, Ezra. Story of the lost trail to Oregon. Fairfield, Wash.: Ye Galleon Press, 1984.
Byers, Roland O. The linchpin: The Oregon Trail in 1843. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho Press, 1984.
Moeller, Bill. Oregon Trail: a photographic journey. Wilsonville, OR: Beautiful Ameica Pub. Co., 1985.
Whitman, Narcissa Prentiss. My Journal, 1836. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1984.
Dodd, Lawrence. Narcissa Whitman on the Oregon Trail. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1985.
Hill, William E. The Oregon Trail, yesterday and today: a brief history and pictorial journey along the wagon tracks of pioneers. Calwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1987.
Masterson, Martha Gay. One woman=s west: recollections of the Oregon Trail and settling the Northwest country. Eugene, OR: Spencer Butte Press, 1986.
Ellison, Robert Spurrier. Independence rock. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1975.
Franzwa, Gregory M. The Oregon Trail revisited. St. Louis, MO: Patrice Press, .
Lavender, David Sievert. Westward vision: the story of the Oregon Trail. New York: McGraw-Hill, .
Meeker, Ezra. The busy life of eighty-five years of Ezra Meeker: Ventures and adventures sixty-three years of pioneer life in the old Oregon country; an account of the author=s trip across the plains with an ox team, 1952; return trip, 1906-1907. Seattle, WA: .
McCormick, Gail J. Our proud past: a compiled history of the families that settled at the end of the Oregon Trail. Mulino, OR: G.J. McCormick Publishing, 1993.
The wagon graphic on this page is used with permission of the Baltimore County Public Library. We thank them for their generosity.